Fruiting pear trees make a beautiful addition to any backyard orchard. They are ideal for the beginner and experienced grower alike, as pears are easy to care for, low maintenance plants. Pears produce juicy, sweet fruit that can be eaten fresh or canned in slices, jams, or jellies. Consuming pears provides a wide range of health benefits, including boosting the immune system with antioxidants and warding off osteoporosis with adequate levels of boron, a mineral that helps the body retain calcium. The fruit's low acid content makes it ideal for young children and those with digestive upset, and the high levels of folic acid place the pear as an essential part of a healthy prenatal diet.
Pears are also lovely as ornamental trees, as many produce a stately, compact profile. Pear trees are an ideal specimen for wildlife enthusiasts, as they attract many native species, including deer. Many of today's fruiting pear varieties are resistant to the blights and other diseases that plagued the trees in times past.
Pear trees bear their fruit during the fall of the year. Fruits range in color from green and yellow to orange, red, and brown. Depending on the variety planted, you will be able to harvest ripe pears between the months of August and November. You will delight in harvesting bushels of delicious organic fruit from your own trees.
Many types of pears are self-pollinating, so you will need only one tree in order to enjoy the fruit. However, your crops will be more abundant if you plant two or more trees in the same location, as this allows cross-pollination to occur. Some hybrids require a complimentary variety in order to produce fruit.
Fruiting pear trees enjoy full sun, so choose a location that will allow your tree 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily. Pears are typically hardy in zones 5 through 9.